I am currently in the process of taking the CPA exam
 

I am currently in the process of taking the CPA exam

Hello everyone!  My name is Justin Riley and I am currently in the process of taking the CPA exam and would like to share my journey with you along the way!  Hopefully through my experiences, both good and bad we can all learn together and make the process of studying and taking the exams as easy as possible.

First I would like to introduce myself a little.  I graduated from the University of Scranton in 2013 with a degree in Accounting.  Knowing I would be a few credits short of the 150 credit hours I decided to stay at Scranton for an extra year and get an MBA with a concentration in both accounting and finance.  After graduating, I then started working for Baker Tilly in their DC office and have been working there for three months now as a staff accountant.  This is my first job in accounting out of college and it has been a great learning experience at Baker Tilly in just the few months I have been there.  Now that I have finally started my career and began working, the next goal is to sit for the CPA exam and become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

I always knew I wanted to take the exams throughout college but it always felt like that wouldn’t happen till years later.  Well those years went by fast and here I am today studying and actually taking the tests.   I just finished the process of studying for FAR which is the first section I am scheduled to take in the coming week.  So I am in review mode and trying to remember all that I can before the big day.

I am excited to be able to share my experience with everyone and hopefully you will find my advice and insight both helpful and reassuring.  Studying and taking the CPA is not done overnight and takes time.  I will share both the struggles I am experiencing and the positive events throughout my process.  For those who are also in the process of taking the exams I hope you can relate to what I am experiencing and for those of you who plan to take the CPA in the future I hope you can get a sense of what to expect and how to better prepare once you plan to start the process as well.